October 01, 2014 | Updated: January 29, 2019

By Steve Helm


More than 500 Liberty Hill Elementary School students are off and walking for a good cause. The Central Texas school is the first of the 2014-15 academic year to take part in Walk Across Texas, a Special Olympics Texas fundraiser that supports more than 51,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities in the Lone Star State.

Beginning today, the school’s pre-k, kindergarten and first grade students are taking their first strides toward reaching 832 miles as a school. Every Wednesday for the next eight weeks, the students will lace up their shoes and will go out for a walk during Ms. Lori Cosper’s physical education class in an effort to move closer to the goal.

On Monday morning during the daily morning announcements, Liberty Hill Elementary kicked off the Special Olympics Texas fundraiser by holding a ceremony in its gymnasium.

Counselor Mr. Kim Willamson opened the ceremony by explaining to the kindergarten and first Grade classes on how they will rack up the 832-miles during the eight-week stretch.

Students were then treated to a speech from SOTX athlete and Global Messenger Sydney Weigand, who shared her story about why Special Olympics is a big part of her life and how it can be for the children at Liberty Hill.

As the school works toward reaching the 832-mile plateau, it will keep track of its progress on a map, displayed in the gymnasium. 

Continue to check www.sotx.org and the SOTX Central Texas Area Facebook page for updates on Liberty Hill Elementary’s pace.

Walk Across Texas allows schools to ditch the popcorn, candy and wrapping paper sales—along with the hassle of dealing with huge amounts of inventory that must be stored and tracked. Instead, students, faculty, parents and family members can walk, bike, swim, dance...all for two great causes: your school and Special Olympics Texas athletes.

Click here to learn more and to get your school signed up for a Walk Across Texas!

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